We arrived in Corvallis where I would be dropping Skye off with my mom for the week I would be down in Nevada experiencing Burning Man. And finishing up last minute shopping and preparations.
The first leg of our road trip was coming to an end. We had a nice lunch and then headed towards my mom's house.
I swerved to miss some debris in the road. I thought that I had missed it.
I was wrong.
Skye said she heard a clicking noise. I couldn't hear it. But sure enough it was there.
Luckily we were able to make it to my mom's where I could deal with it. With the way we were loaded down, I had to disengage the trailer, empty the back of the Rav, and take off the rear bike rack, just to get to the spare.
It turned out we needed four new tires. Usually I'm a bit skeptical about this, but our tires were definitely at their end. This would set me behind several hundred bucks as well as several hours, but it could have been worse, much worse.
You Have Mail
With Burning Man just a few days away, I still hadn't put my hands on my ticket. So when I got the package of mail that I had forwarded to my mom's address, I was thrilled to finally have the golden ticket in my little paws.
Other things that were there to join me in the desert were 3 ostrich eggs and a solar panel and stand to add to the Goal Zero collection.
Checking it Twice & Thrice
Packing for Burning Man is a chore and can be tricky. It can be really challenging when you're living and traveling like we were.
I had stuff that we "needed" in Baton Rouge. We had clothes for all seasons and circumstances because the trailer was in many ways our closet.
After Burning Man we would be heading to a wedding in Ohio and then to rejoin Cindy who was in New Orleans and after that we didn't know where we were headed. We needed to be prepared for all sorts of situations.
I would basically have to unload the trailer and the Rav, figure out what I wouldn't need in the desert and what Skye would need and then re-load it all in a way that would make sense for a week in the desert doing God knows what.
I bought a new air mattress since the one we just got while we were in Mammoth never made it through a night without deflating significantly. I got the shortest one I could find and it was still almost half the height of the tent interior.
But it was dang comfortable and didn't leak.
Corvallis has a wonderful farmers market.
Even though there was a full breakfast and dinner plan where I would be camping at BM, I didn't want to go empty handed.
Plus you never know what might happen. Better to be prepared.
I ended up getting some bacon, and some super interesting mushrooms. The lobster and chicken of the woods were amazing. I ended up sauteing them and handing them out as an appetizer one evening.
Finally on the Road,
Here Come the Burners
August 25 near Chemult, OR
First sighting of burners, several more at gas station fueling up,around 300 miles to go
Approximately half-way there, not counting traffic, 4.5 hrs, very sick of driving — at Oregon-California US-97 borderline.
It was amazing how soon I saw other vehicles obviously heading to Burning Man.
And there were just more and more of us as we approached the Black Rock Desert